A bit of an explanation…

A bit of an explanation…

Yep, I’ve been “gone” from posting for awhile. Thank you to all for your emailed concern and puzzlement.

Two reasons for this:


After several days on board the Star and visiting ports, I simply decided to take lots of notes each evening but not spend the hour or so each post required for formatting/photo processing.

In short, I decided to experience the cruise rather than spend all my time writing about it at the time. I do however have outlines of all the articles and will be posting them in the next weeks.


I returned home to a couple of medical crises and just didn’t have the time to write immediately.

Mom was diagnosed with double pneumonia on Thursday morning; on our long flight home on Monday she’d said she wasn’t feeling so great. The pneumonia came on quickly for her (probably because she was pretty worn out from so many adventures) and we were both glad she was back home with her own doctor before she became ill. (Yes, she’s doing just fine now, thanks for asking).

The second crisis hasn’t fully resolved yet, and may not for a while.

Regardless, both of these had me staying in Southern California almost a full week longer than I’d planned. Just imagine returning to office, clients and projects after four weeks. How do you say, “Egads!” in Norwegian?

Thanks for sticking with me through the quiet hiatus. I’m on a roll now so you should see lots more posts, details about the itinerary, my evaluation of the Star, a comparison of river and ocean cruising and more! I’m just finishing putting together the posts for St. Petersburg as well as one on cruising during the “White Nights.”

10 Responses to A bit of an explanation…

  1. Cheryl says:

    There you are!!

    Glad to hear your Mom is on the mend. Pneumonia is not a fun thing to recover from! I hope the other issue is resolved in a satisfactory manner.

    Looking forward to reading about the rest of your trip!!

  2. Karen Baker says:

    I kept hoping that you were having to much fun to write….and Sandy is active on Facebook and I thought if anything was happening she would mention it…I had no idea your mom was so sick….she too is on Facebook and I had just figured maybe she was tired when she returned and had not been on….she did mention that she was feeling much better….but did not say how very sick she had been…..I believe I need to ask more questions in the future….rather then thinking everything is OK.
    Thank you so much for letting us know what was happening…..hope you are doing well and getting caught up too……looking forward to the rest of “my” cruise 🙂

  3. Alexia says:

    Glad you decided to enjoy your cruise instead of spending time typing to us! As much as I have enjoyed reading about your river cruise and now this cruise I can certainly wait to hear all about it. Sorry your mom got sick but glad she is on the mend. Hope all is well. Take car of yourself and when you have time we will still be hear : ))

  4. Mary Frances says:

    So glad to hear you are doing ok. I, too, am glad you enjoyed your trip instead of spending so much time writing. We will look forward to and appreciate any bits of information you are able to pass on. Thanks.

  5. Kathy says:

    Hi! I am a complete stranger to you… who just happened upon your blog thru Cruise Critic. I am going on the exact same cruise July 25, and, needless to say, I was immediately hooked on your blog! I am enjoying your “style” as well as the info!

    I, also, am a writer, and -when the entries stopped- I figured to myself that you were too busy “experiencing” …which is exactly what I do while vacationing. The journals, or blogs, can wait!

    I hope all is well, work and wellness-wise, and I look forward to continuing our adventure!

    Thanks for sharing,

    • ukalady says:

      I. Am. So. Jealous.

      Seriously, Kathy, you’re going to have the time of your life. Maybe you’ll be able to benefit from some of the posts as you are getting your things packed!

  6. Patricia says:

    Really relieved to hear you and your Mom are OK. I was beginning to imagine all kinds of things!!
    Looking forward to reading all your posts.

    Thanks for taking those notes — a great idea!

  7. Janet says:

    Good to hear from you. So sorry about the medical challenges and glad you are back in the States to meet all these issues in your home base.

    And I completely understand your choice to enjoy the cruise while you were actually cruising. Good choice. I’m boarding the Ocean Star on July 25th in Stockholm and will be anxiously awaiting your updates.
    Cheers to both you and your Mom, Good Health thoughts for all!

  8. Marla says:

    it was good to hear from you last week, thanks for the update we hope things only get better from here. you made the right choice to leave the posting and enjoy your vacation. and family crisis always trump your readers expectations, good on you for dedicating your time to your mom and family
    I look forward to hearing all your adventures no matter when you find the time to post.
    sending healing thoughts your way for Maxine and you both

  9. Toby Mason says:

    Gosh, I am sympathetic to your mom. Greg caught an awful cold toward the end of the cruise
    (Remember, that was why we decided against dining together that one night). I caught a double dose of whatever Greg had, and required a 14 day round of antibiotics to cure it. Not sure if it was influenza or pneumonia. I’m ok now. I was glad i was carrying the course of antibiotics with me and got started on them the minute I had an itchy throat. I had asked my doc to write a prescription for a wide spectrum antibiotic prior to the cruise.

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